Speaking to ET Online, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy) has revealed that George Lucas has approached him regarding the possibility of appearing in the franchise’s next instalment. The actor claimed that his co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have also been approached with assurances that their characters would be written out, should they choose to decline the offer.
During the interview, Hamill speculated that Luke Skywalker’s role might be similar to Obi-Wan’s in Star Wars Episode IV:
“I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'”
The actor also hopes that the filmmakers find an effective balance between CGI and props:
“I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'”
Star Wars Episode VII will be directed by J.J Abrams (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible 3) and is due for release in 2015.